Zack Rowland and Colt Stewart each hit two-run home runs, and Rowland backed up the power surge with five innings of two-hit ball on the mound, as the DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team routed the visiting Clay County Bulldogs, 10-0, in the season opener for both teams, Monday evening.
Rowland's shot came in the bottom of the first inning, and gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead, after Cody Atnip plated Destry Wiggins with the opening run on a sacrifice fly to center field. Stewart tallied his blast in the bottom of the third, which gave DeKalb County a 6-0 edge. Rowland, meanwhile, kept the Bulldogs quiet at the plate. The senior struck out nine, walked one, and allowed only three total base runners.
Page and John Malone each drove in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the Tigers ended the game by virtue of the ten-run rule in the bottom of the fifth, closed out by Atnip's second sacrifice fly which plated the winning run.
The Tigers beat out ten runs on ten hits. Rowland added a single to his home run, while Stewart tallied a double. Page had two singles, while Malone, Wiggins, Corey Atnip and Trey Finley each added one single. Clay County committed two errors, while the Tigers had none.
DeKalb County opens the season at 1-0, and will travel to Eagleville for their next game on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The team is scheduled to visit Clay County, Thursday at 4:30 p.m., before opening district play at Cannon County, next Monday, at 5:00 p.m.